Re: Virgil Donati is the Buddy Rich of our time ("IMO"...I suppose)
Virgil is a phenomenal drummer - chops, speed, coordination, you name it.
But, if you're talking about who might resemble Buddy's playing today, I wouldn't say Virgil - I would say Art Verdi. If you saw his videos, he's one of the guys who looks like he's in fast foward motion - like Buddy looked. Intense hand/arm speed.
If you mean The Buddy of today as far as standing out and being far above drummers of today, it's possible. But I might add a few other drummers too. Good thread.